I've only been to the Joe twice in my life, had seats in the upper bowl both times and loved it. There really isn't a bad seat in that arena and the atmosphere is electric. The fans are really into it.
As someone who went from watching games at the Civic Arena to Consol Energy Center, I can tell you that while the new arena is all new, clean and modern it can't hold a candle to the old barn. History, tradition and experience can't be replaced. I will seriously shed a tear when they tear it down, so enjoy it while you can.
Something I've been wondering, is how I'll act when I exit the arena for the last time next season. I won't cry, I'm not that kind of guy, but I know I'll be choked up, savor the moment, and even say "goodbye". As much as I miss Tiger Stadium, I'll miss The Joe a lot more. It's only been since the Tigers moved to Comerica Park that they've been good, so the thing I miss most about Tigers Stadium is walking out from the dark concession area and seeing all the colors, the green grass, brown dirt, orange and blue seats, and green grass. The Joe, it's watching Yzerman, Shanahan, McCarty, Fedorov, Ozzie, Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Lidstrom, etc, how loud the crowd gets, the red seats, Bud Lynch's voice, and a lot more. The Joe had it all! We're very lucky as fans to have our team and the arena.
Probably the best environment that I've been to is in Vancouver. Can't beat the environment in Canada.
Let us know how we compare to a Canadian city. I'm curious.
I'm happy. There's still a long way to go, but I laughed at the preseason picks saying we weren't going to make the playoffs. We added Richards and Green to the team, didn't lose any major names, and most of our players are on the upswing of their careers, who are learning from Champions like Datsyuk, Zetterberg, and Kronwall. 2nd place in the Division at this point was a realistic goal. Who knew Florida would be in 1st place?
I wish we were scoring more goals, we've allowed 3 more goals then we've scored. With a stat like that, we could be 5th, but hopefully the 2nd half things will change. Winning 1 goal games is good training for the playoffs, but we're playing with fire in the regular season.
I would guess the Red Wings have the biggest fan base in the NHL, due to our playoff streak, 4 Championships since 1997, and the number of Europeans on the team. Our players are very likable too, they don't play dirty or whine.
Edit: I'll add, the low ratings for the Winter Classic was probably due to overkill.
I felt bad for Howard last night. I don't think he had a chance on 3 of those goals. We need Howard to shake his last 2 starts off, because we're still not sure if Mrazek can handle the number of games a #1 goalie plays.
I've always been a fan of Smith, I just like the way he plays. He takes risks, and is a "crap" (to keep things PG ) disturber, just like Tatar. Opposing players need to be watching him when he's on the ice due to his speed. However, I'll be the first to admit that can lead to turnovers. But no risk, no reward.
Thanks. I'm in the US (Washington DC area) and was thinking of parking in Windsor (at our hotel if we stay there) and then getting the Tunnel Bus over to Detroit and back again after the game but, from what you're saying, that sounds like it might be a bad idea. Our final destination is London, Ontario and it seems silly to do 3 border crossings when we could just go straight to Detroit for the game and then cross into Windsor once afterwards.
Any idea what the tunnel will be like after the game? Would it be better to cross over the bridge instead?
It depends where you're hotel is, but take the tunnel if you're staying downtown, it's only a few minutes from The Joe. The bridge is about 10 minutes away. It takes about 15 minutes to get through the tunnel after the game.
They definitely allow you to go down to the glass and watch the players shoot around. Even if you're upper bowl. It's awesome watching the players come out of the tunnel and shoot puck around and do some mini drills.
I second that. One of the times I was at The Joe, my friend and I were in the last row of the area, right in front of the owner's box. We got their early, found our seats, and decided to go down for warm ups. We got to the bottom of the stairs of the upper bowl, the usher said to us, "Are you guys going down for warm ups?". We said yes, then she said, "Go that way, it's faster"
That was in 2005-06, Yzerman's last year. I remember Yzerman at one point was stretching right in front of us, I thought to myself, "Yzerman is right there". Just then my friend elbows me, points to Stevie, and says, "Yzerman is right there!"
I'm Canadian, so I take the Tunnel to The Joe. I would take the car instead of the Tunnel Bus. It can take a while crossing the border taking the bus. The last time I took the Tunnel Bus, we got caught behind a Grey Hound Bus and it took an hour. After that I thought "screw it, I'm taking the car from now on"
You can park around Cobo Hall, parking only costs about $10. You can get to The Joe by walking through Cobo Hall. There will be a number of people walking through Cobo too, so just follow the crowd... Downtown Detroit is safe, you and your son have no worries.
Have a great time. I've been to a number of sporting events in different venues, and the Joe is by far my favorite place to watch a game. There isn't a bad seat in the house (unless you got the $9 tickets) and the crowd is awesome, everyone is into the game! Detroit is called Hockeytown for a reason.